News about your brain controlling all sorts of crazy things.

That headline goes double, no TRIPLE, if you’re going to be flying drones and controlling weapons with your mind. According to a new report by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, advances in neuroscience are coming quickly and could aid in things like boosting performance, making captives more talkative, and making enemy troops fall asleep. And lets not forget the drones.

From the Guardian:

One of the report's most striking scenarios involves the use of devices called brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) to connect people's brains directly to military technology, including drones and other weapons systems.
The work builds on research that has enabled people to control cursors and artificial limbs through BMIs that read their brain signals.

It’s hard for me to wrap my head around flying a plane, while sitting in the cockpit, so I can’t even begin to think about what it’s going to be like to fly a plane by attaching some electrodes to someone’s skull. That’s good, since there are serious legal concerns to consider, like what happens if/when a mind-controlled drone blows up a house full of innocent people? Who is at fault? The human or the wires coming out of his head?



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